Clerk gets jail for pocketing BND20K

Fadley Faisal

A clerk who worked with Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah was sentenced to 12 months’ jail by the Intermediate Court yesterday after she pleaded guilty to pocketing over BND20,000.

Nurul Haniah binti Haji Hamzah, 33, was also ordered to compensate BND15,333.50, but having confirmed that she would not be settling the amount, she is serving an additional three months’ jail.

The defendant worked as a financial clerk at the foundation, DPP Dayangku Didi-Nuraza binti Pengiran Haji Abdul Latiff revealed in court.

Judge Pengiran Masni binti Pengiran Haji Bahar further heard that the defendant received payments for Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah School fees amounting to BND11,577.50 on May 7, 2016 which she did not deposit and instead pocketed it.

Similarly on July 5, 2016, she received payments amounting to BND9,156 and kept it for herself. In August 2016, the management of the foundation posted an assistant financial officer at the school.

On August 23, 2016 at 10am, in the midst of the assistant financial officer’s relocation to the school, the defendant admitted to the assistant that she had taken the payments for herself when asked for the past reports of the daily collection.

The defendant surrendered the reports later along with payment receipts.

On the same day, the defendant’s father pleaded for the management to give the defendant a chance to make full restitution by way of BND500 instalments.

She was given a chance, to which she paid first on November 16, 2016 and the last being on October 4, 2018 totalling to BND5,400.

The defendant also admitted that she had spent the cash for her daily expenses, a holiday trip to Singapore and a fridge costing BND1,000.